Wednesday 13 December 2017

Fab Friday 127 Free for All

Fab Friday is having a Free For All party. Hopefully, that includes not-cards!

Many years ago, I worked at a school where a lot of us patched and quilted. One of the others started a Christmas decoration group. Now, nearly 30 years later and even though we're all scattered around, we get together near Christmas and exchange decorations over a lovely lunch at one of our homes.

Over the years, we've diversified into different crafts and interests. For many years, I made different angels. Then, I went through an embroidery stage, making various cross-stitch, hardanger and blackwork decorations. I even had a brief flirtation with beading. Some of the others always work in felt. One woman loves to make 3D stuffed creations so often makes gorgeous things like tiny teddies in Christmas fabrics, complete with mini-button joints. Our trees are an eclectic mix of handcrafted decorations. 

Some years, the decorations are quick makes. Sometimes they're labour intensive, taking two or three hours per item. It's the same for the whole group depending on the idea we've had - and that's always a closely guarded secret! We take along our seven of the same decoration and come home with a basket with seven different ones.

This year, it's been a quick make but I'm pleased with how they've turned out.

I really like the way the checked paper has made such a fabulous pattern when it's made into a circle.

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Card: Year of Cheer DSP, Copper and gold foil
Dies: Seasonal Layers thinlit dies
Other: Clear and gold faceted gems, scoring board, circle dies, metallic thread, hot-glue gun


  1. Wow, what a fun idea and how cool that you've been able to keep up with this tradition over the years! These ornaments are GORGEOUS! Stunning in gold and silver...I'll bet they loved them!

  2. These are so gorgeous! I love making rosette decorations, and these look like they'll be rich additions! Thanks so much for playing at Fab Friday!

  3. The rosettes are so, so beautiful, the women in your craft group are sure to love receiving them!

  4. OMG these are stunning, they are so rich and Christmassy without being too traditional. LOVE them. Cx

  5. Wow! These are exquisite! Your group is so lucky to receive these!

  6. It most certainly includes ornaments! You're after my heart, I always made ornaments for many years! I should get back to it. I love these! So simple and so pretty! Thanks for sharing!